Health reforms both parties should endorse

Health care consistently ranks near the top of American voters’ list of concerns and is likely to remain there. In fact, in Americans for Prosperity’s latest health care poll,

conducted on June 22by Public Opinion Strategies, health care is in the top three, right behind inflation and jobs. The vast majority of voters reject a government

takeover of health care — they want to keep what’s working and fix what isn’t. But you would never know it from listening to candidates on the campaign trail this year. As the

midterm elections approach, the nation’s two major parties are offering voters an unpalatable choice between Democrats’ failed health care ideas and Republicans’ seeming

unwillingness to discuss their ideas. That’s a shame, because while 70 percent of Americans are satisfied with their current health coverage arrangements, AFP’s polling

shows 70 percent are also troubled by some significant problems. Voters are frustrated by the high and rising cost of health care, its baffling complexity, and their rapidly

shrinking access to trusted doctors and facilities. And while they may not understand exactly how the current system favors special interests, and is dominated by insurance

companies and government bureaucracies, they clearly see the negative effects and want change. Instead of practical solutions to these problems, what are the two parties

offering? Democrats are doubling down on existing government programs like ObamaCare and Medicaid and calling for intrusive, innovation-stifling government price controls — failed

policies that are likely to make things worse rather than better.